Sunday, November 23, 2014

Coming Exhibition: Lorraine Bubar, Anne Ramis, Katherine Rohrbacher

Tues. November 25 - Sat. December 20, 2014

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 29, 5-8 p.m.

Artist Talk: Saturday, December 13, 3pm

Mountain Lore, Lorraine Bubar
Lorraine Bubar, Denali, Papercut, 39 x 35.5 in
Lorraine Bubar's current exhibition was inspired by her Artist-in-Residency spent in Denali National Park in Alaska where she immersed herself in the diversity of life thriving in that vast wilderness. “Artists have had a long relationship with national parks, interpreting them in meaningful ways that inspire and enrich the experience for future visitors,” says Bubar. Her painterly, intricate papercuts illustrate the simultaneous strength and fragility of this mountain environment, while echoing the same strength and fragility of the paper medium. Mountains, with their inherent magnitude and mystery, have inspired travelers, climbers, writers, artists, and dreamers alike. Papercutting is an art form created in countries around the world, and in these cultures many tales occur in mountain environments - places that hold beauty, drama, and intrigue. Bubar’s addition of the narrative woven within her newest work addresses the tales that evolved from the mystique and power of the wilderness and evolved from the impact of illustrating a children’s book. The book, “Lullaby,” written by Debbie Friedman and illustrated by Bubar, was released by Jewish Lights Publishing this fall.

Landscapes: Fact and Fiction, Anne Ramis
Anne Ramis, What Next, Mixed Media, 16.5 x 26 in
Creating in the spirit of Robert Rauschenberg’s combination techniques, Anne Ramis applies her own combinative artistry to her latest body of work. Working within several different types of media, incorporating drawing, painting and collage elements, Ramis’ ethereal landscapes present a dual sense of foreboding and wonder. “This show combines earlier with recent landscapes,” says Ramis. “[These are] places that I’ve lived in and places that I’ve passed -- places that do and do not exist.” Lavender skies and jagged rocks form a winding path in works like “What Next” while verdant mossy abstractions and deep blues form surreal pools of water in “Giglio, Now.” In certain works, cut-out photographs of Ramis’ own dogs are dispersed among the rocks, as Ramis illustrates surreal terrains that act as a form of personal topography. The effect is that of a vivid dream, at once familiar and foreign.

Metamorphosis, Katherine Rohrbacher
Katherine Rohrbacher, Blossom, Oil on Canvas, 40 x 30 in
Poet Ovid pronounces in Book One of his mythological epic, Metemorphesis, “I intend to speak of forms changed into new entities.” Katherine Rohrbacher provides a modern meditation on transformation, posing the question of what it means to change -- whether artificially or naturally. In an era where physical perfection is held paramount, the lengths to which individuals may go to edit both bodily imperfections and age, is a 21st century crusade. Rohrbacher’s large format paintings offer a confrontational view of surface beauty. Charcoal and oil self-portraits offer a glimpse of the psychological impact of surgery in a series titled “Nose Job,” as Rohrbacher presents her own likeness as the face of change. Motifs of decaying roses and ceramic butterflies encircle other works, addressing metamorphosis directly, while illustrating the fragile, brief circle of life. A gallery installation featuring live flowers in jars that trace the actual dimensions of a casket will accompany Rohrbacher’s paintings and ceramic works for the duration of the exhibition, mirroring the same delicate stages of life and death that she confronts in her work. She will also show in New York at the Edward Hopper House in their 21st annual Small Matters of Great Importance Exhibition, on view October 25 through December 27, 2014.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Coming Exhibition: Peter Kempson, Diane Rudnick Mann, Gary Polonsky

Tues. October 28 - Sat. November 22, 2014

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 1, 5-8 p.m.

Peter Kempson: 1947-2014, Peter Kempson

Peter Kempson, Chairman, Mixed Media 54 x 40 in., ed. 2/10
Peter Kempson passed away while working in preparation for his 2014 show. “Peter Kempson: 1947-2014” is a celebration of the artist’s life and a retrospective look at the Los Angeles landscapes and multimedia collage works that defined Kempson’s point of view. From his urban Los Angeles street scenes to more recent playful explorations in mixed media, Kempson enjoyed engaging in humorous social critique. Familiar icons from pop culture are digitally layered to create satirical situations and landscapes that dance between fantasy and reality. From a collaged portrait of director Steven Spielberg composed of his film posters, to a tongue-in-cheek depiction of communist revolutionary “Chairman” Mao Zedong portrayed in a sea of chairs, Kempson’s work encourages the viewer to critically examine our societal values. Injecting color and comedy in his invitation to peer into ornately detailed scenes, Kempson beckons viewers to take a closer look at modern society.

Everything Glass, Diane Rudnick Mann
Diane Rudnick Mann, 8 or 9 Bowls, Pastel, 28 x 32 in.
In her latest body of work, Diane Rudnick Mann continues to highlight beautiful detail in the everyday. Using photorealistic techniques with pastel, Mann transforms ordinary, overlooked, and unseen objects into the extraordinary in her new series, “Everything Glass.” Seemingly simple moments in time are preserved for posterity as Mann skillfully captures the high contrast highlights, shadows, reflections, and transparent brilliance of glass. Whether portraying a vase of flowers, stacked bowls, or assorted silverware, Mann’s compositions are expertly crafted with precise finesse. “We are forced to look, to gaze intently at the usual,” says Mann. “Otherwise you would walk by and never notice.” The solidarity of each focal point draws the viewer in as the lines between photography and painting are blurred. Mann is an award winning artist with work previously featured in American Art Collector and American Artist magazine publications. She is also a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America and International Guild of Realism.

ten thousand things, Gary Polonsky
Gary Polonsky, Amanita Muscaria, Acrylic and Mixed Media, 10 x 9.5 x 8 in.

In his current exhibition, Gary Polonsky furthers his experimentation with various mixed media to create dynamic three dimensional works. The artist casts a wider net in his new series, transitioning from previous explorations in food and sweet confections to a botanical inspired collection. A vibrant forest floor mushroom extends from soil-covered hands in works like “Amanita Muscaria.” Equipped with a 3D printer, Polonsky says he found a new sense of freedom in his sculptural techniques and utilized a variety of media in his latest work - from styrofoam and balsa wood to traditional canvas surfaces. His show title, “ten thousand things” makes reference to ancient philosopher Lao Tzu’s writings of the innumerable mysteries of the universe and the individual’s role within it. “With the death of my friend and fellow artist Peter Kempson, whom I am honored to show with one last time, a great emphasis has been realized for me to maximize my time [and] my efforts,” says Polonsky. His object - to create art that captures the essence of our time and place with a passionate, unified voice.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Coming Exhibition: Sue Keane, Andrea Rubin Kichaven, Alison Lowe Platt

Tues. September 30 - Sat. October 25, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 11, 5-8 p.m.

New Works on Paper, Sue Keane
Sue Keane, Vessel I, Monotype, 20 x 15 in
Making a dramatic shift from her previous focus on ceramic media, artist Sue Keane explores abstract two dimensional expression in her current body of work. Working solely with oil-based inks and paper, Keane creates monoprints within a restrictive palette of black and white, occasionally infusing bold orange hues. High contrast images emerge in pieces like “Vessel,” as strong lines thrust upward in compositions that simultaneously suggest motion and strength. Keane is inspired by architectural patterns and forms, using a linear style that she developed first in her clay works and translates seamlessly to paper. The effect is one of fluid grandeur - using the ancient technique of ink printmaking with a contemporary perspective.

Windows of Dreams, Andrea Rubin Kichaven 
Andrea Rubin Kichaven, Spectrum of Light, Acrylic, 24 x 36 in
The exploration of atmosphere, weather, composition and mood are Kichaven’s focus in her upcoming show, Windows of Dreams. Mindful moments captured in a small window of time create a dream-like expression of space and place. The spiritual and physical become the catalyst of her exploration. From a lifelong fascination with the magic of the sky and the elusiveness of clouds, Kichaven’s current work reveals the fleeting moments that have the power to make us stop, look up, and daydream. Kichaven’s work is built on layers of texture, exuberant marks, and color, to crystallize this visual imagery. Modernists Mark Rothko and Josef Albers have inspired Kichaven's use of color. “Her color sensibility and layout are remarkable,” said acclaimed artist Franklyn Liegel. Color is the heart and soul of Kichaven's work. Through the process of application and elimination, Kichaven gradually builds layers of color, creating depth and translucency that give way to recognizable yet abstract landscapes. This experimentation with texture and color reveals ethereal compositions that resonate as spiritual landscapes.

Explorations, Alison Lowe Platt
Alison Lowe Platt, Little Reminders, Mixed Media, 30 x 22 in
In her most recent body of work, Alison Lowe Platt shifts stylistically from her plein-air and oil painting background to focus on animated mixed media compositions. Implementing a vibrant use of color with media that combines photo transfer along with ink, gouache, oil-based inks, and pencil elements, Platt's new work takes on a more intuitive approach. According to Platt, her intent is to achieve organic art pieces. By drawing equally from the influence of family and friends as well as spiritual meditations, each work in "Explorations" unfolds leaving the viewer with narratives of both frivolity and intangibility. “There’s an element of surprise with these [pieces] that is both challenging and exciting," says Platt. "I love the pushing and pulling of colors and learning how to manipulate the viewer's focus." By incorporating an array of provocative and ethereal imagery in her subject matter, Platt’s works take on contemporary and philosophical themes.